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Scheme set to bring private empty property back into use

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

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Empty homes blighting the streets of North East Lincolnshire are to be brought back into use through a new renovation scheme.

House to Home is a private sector leasing scheme, delivered by North East Lincolnshire Council and managed by social landlord Shoreline Housing Partnership – to bring problematic empty private properties back into use.

Under the scheme, people with vacant two or three-bedroom properties could benefit from interest-free loans of up to £15,000 towards improvement works as well as a guaranteed level of rent.

Shoreline's chief executive, Tony Bramley, said: “Empty homes are a waste especially when so many people are homeless or living in unsuitable housing. But they also have a negative impact on local neighbourhoods and streets – they’re often unsecure, unsafe and attract anti-social behaviour and frequently cause problems for our tenants and residents who live nearby.”

The council’s portfolio holder for housing, councillor Ray Oxby, said: “This is an excellent example of Shoreline and the council working in partnership to improve our neighbourhoods by tackling empty homes. This is a real opportunity for owners of empty properties to get help in returning empty homes into use for those who need them and I wholeheartedly commend the scheme.”

House to Home project officer Steve Ferguson added: “Having properties occupied is obviously in the owners’ interest but there could be many reasons why a property has been empty for so long including ill health and bereavement as well as financial difficulties.

“Shoreline has the specialist experience and knowledge to be able to work with homeowners, return the property to use and find tenants to live in it. Put simply we’re turning houses back into homes.”

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